SHOPIAN: With every passing day, the large scale dumping of waste on the banks of Rambiara in Shopian is increasing more threat to the river and other water bodies close to it.
The dumping site is not only contaminating the water bodies but has emerged as a threat in several other issues.
Locals in the area said that there remains not only bad smell but the stray dogs also remain present there. “We are scared about the safety of our children, having so many dogs there we are forced to accompany our children for every foot step and there were several incidents of dog biting cases in the area,” Manzoor Ahmad, a local resident said while demanding a allotment of alternative dumping site.
Municipal authorities said that they have no alternative site where they can decompose the waste. “The site is there from last many decades and we don’t have any other site for decomposition so what can we do than to throw the wastes there,” says a municipal officer.
The cleanliness drive ordered by the Chief Minister’s office on November 23 last year has became a jokes as the locals allege lakhs of rupees were spent by the authorities without having any outcome. They said the heaps of dirt and polythene were lying on the banks of Rambiara.
“It seems we are living in a savage site where there is so much of pollution around the area,” Abdul Majeed, another local, said.
He added that not only a threat to locals, the dumping site has adversely affected the water bodies also.
Showkat Ahmad Mir, a student of the area, said that on one hand we are searching for drop of pure water and on the other hand the protectors of environment (government) have paved a way for the destruction of water bodies as well as environment.
The locals also allege that some unknown persons used to burn the polythene near the site which has polluted the air.
Executive Officer, municipal committee Shopian, Imtiyaz Ahmad said they have no alternate site for decomposing the wastes. “Work on dumping site at cluster level at Letpora Pulwama is underway and once the site will get complete, we will start shifting the wastes there,” he said, adding, the site would take more than a year for completion.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Gazanfar Ali told Kashmir Reader that he was looking into the matter seriously. “I have called an important meeting in this regard. Besides, I contacted municipal commissioner about this issue. I am working hard for its solution,” he said.